September 27, 2021 at 11:53 am #40680Matt In OklahomaModerator
The why is because things happen in the dark. Some things can be handled with Night Vision but that’s not the norm and I certainly don’t walk around with NODs on when I’m public. Apparently it’s frowned upon in circles lol.I carry pretty much the same setup on my rifles across the board with the light on the left side where it acts as a hand stop and my thumb operates the light switch. I don’t use pressure switches but I’m not against them. I just don’t like the cables getting hung up in brush and accidental hits etc. To each to their own on it. I’ve even got WMLs on my 22s and bolt guns. Things happen even if it’s critter control.Strobe is a function that often comes up and I’m a fan. The effects actually stopped a mental guy and kept me from having to kill him in a bad situation he created. It happened in front of my wife. We no more than got home and she had me order her one that night.
I really really really like the rechargeable units from Olight and it saves me a ton of money. I can use a solar setup even on them in grid down. I was very skeptical at first but I’m a convert now. I left one in the truck exposed to elements for almost a year and it came on no problem and fully charged quickly while I was driving.
I hand cut a rail to hold a light on my G26, before the days of options, and mounted a cheaper light at first then went to olight. The newer light reduced the muzzle push off but left enough for the pistol to operate if it is jammed into someone’s side. A lot of folks are hung up on keeping the light tucked and lines looking clean. I’m looking to stay alive in bad times. You’ll come to appreciate a bit of push off if you shoot off barricades at longer distances too.
My G40 10mm has a long barrel and the light is tucked way up but the shadow throw isn’t an issue. It’ll sure let ya see the bear.
The G42 pocket rocket 380 has a light laser combo that’s not bad. I don’t really use the laser but it has helped me train a new shooter. The light doesn’t use a rail but rather pinches on and fits around the trigger guard. It also helps reduce the print in clothing and looks more of a square shape. They make pocket holsters for it too.
My Gen1 G17 didn’t have a rail but there is a company https://www.recovertactical.com/ That makes rails to bolt on.
Holsters can be an issue but if you find a good company that’ll make a rig for you you’ll never look back. I use https://greymansolutions.net/
And in transparency I have connections and a vested interest. When using a custom company if it’s not a mainstream handgun or WML they have molds for they might need the weapon/light itself to do. If it’s on the ordering section of the site it can be made through molds and shipped.
I often hear the argument that not everything that needs a light on it needs a gun pointed at it. That’s absolutely true and doesn’t excuse you from carrying a stand alone light. But when it is a definitive bad that WML is worth it’s weight in gold.
There are handguns like revolvers without rails that it hard to mount a light so you’ve got to have a good light handy with the weapon and know how to use it.https://americanhandgunner.com/discover/the-flashlight/
So what are y’all’s thoughts and what do y’all carry?
September 28, 2021 at 11:14 am #40715Crow BarKeymaster
I have a SureFire on my shotgun. Like you, on the left side to switch on and off with the supporting arm.
October 1, 2021 at 9:16 am #40782Crow BarKeymaster
Matt you have any particular recommendations?
What are on your rifles?
October 1, 2021 at 11:56 am #40785TolikParticipant
Lights are about the only cheese I put on my rifles . Exception being a scope for the FAL , and one AK thats all cheesed out with a red/green dot , light , other minor stuff . Other than lights , I leave them stock .
October 13, 2021 at 9:58 pm #41347WhirlibirdParticipant
I have a WML on the house AR, the bedside Glock and mounts for them on several different others.
As for the light/laser combinations, I am a fan. Not just from the old job but from other people and places.
One of the best poachers I knew ran a laser only on one of his long barrel .22’s. Mounted in front of the scope, it basically eliminated any holdover or under out to 100y.
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